Re: Come on...
Can we please stop this buggering about and focus on getting our asses to Mars... or at least back to the moon...
Instead of these "one shot" projects, how about a permanent, long term space lab for space exploration? Big enough to hold a proper crew of dozens in a shirt sleeve enviroment. Build/park it in a proper Earth orbit, supply it with shuttles, then off to Moon, Mars, Titan, Europa, or whatever.
Long term missions in a proper solar system explorer.
And I'm talking a proper ship here, not some piddly little satellite that's not even high enough to clear the thermosphere, let alone the exosphere.
DAMMIT! I want the 21st Century that I was promised as a kid!
Not this "Shut up and enjoy this new gadget designed to distract you" Bizarro timeline I seem to have fallen into!